1 Kings 3:1-10 (New International Version)

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Solomon Asks for Wisdom

3:4-15pp -- 2Ch 1:2-13

1 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married1 his daughter.2 He brought her to the City of David3 until he finished building his palace4 and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places,5 because a temple had not yet been built for the Name6 of the LORD. 3 Solomon showed his love7 for the LORD by walking8 according to the statutes9 of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.10 4 The king went to Gibeon11 to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared12 to Solomon during the night in a dream,13 and God said, "Ask14 for whatever you want me to give you." 6 Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful15 to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son16 to sit on his throne this very day. 7 "Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child17 and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,18 a great people, too numerous to count or number.19 9 So give your servant a discerning20 heart to govern your people and to distinguish21 between right and wrong. For who is able22 to govern this great people of yours?" 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.
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